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History: By 1080, a hospital had been established in Jerusalem by a group of monks under the guidance of Brother Gerard. Its purpose was to care for the many pilgrims who had become ill on their travels to the Holy Land.
The men and women who worked there were members of a new religious order, officially recognised by the Church in 1113. Known as the Hospitallers, they cared for anyone, without distinction of race or faith.
After the Crusaders captured Jerusalem, the Hospitallers also took on a military role. They became known as the Knights of the Order of St John of Jerusalem.
See more on the wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Museum_of_the_Order_of_St_John
I am delighted to have been able to organise a private visit of the Great rooms of the Museum of St John's some not normally opened to the public. Ms Rosa Gilbert will take us around.
It is advisable to arrive by 14:30 so that you can have a look at the galleries before the tour begins promptly at 3:30pm.
There are a few hostelleries and cafe in the vicinity where we shall go afterwards.
The Tour last about 80 minutes and involves many steps and a spiral staircase.
Please note that the tour is limited to 15 people, should we be more, there may be possible to have another guide on the same day.
How to get there:
Farringdon (Tube and Thameslink trains) is the nearest station, 5 minutes walk from the Museum.
Pay and display parking spaces are available in St John's Square.
(Parking restrictions and charges apply Mon — Fri 9.00am — 6.30pm, Sat 9.00am — 1.30pm, 2 hours maximum stay). There are also several NCP car parks within walking distance. Please see the NCP website for details.
Farringdon Road (63), Clerkenwell Road (55, 243)